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WATCH: Woman hears for the first time following operation

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WATCH: Woman hears for the first time following operation

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 31, 2014

British woman Joanne Milne had been deaf her whole life, but at age 40 she received electronic cochlear implants. She had to wait four weeks after the implant operation before the devices could be switched on and tested, but when they were, her emotional reaction to something many of us take for granted just might make you cry.

Watch above as she hears voices for the first time, including her own. The YouTube video, shot by her mother, has more than 2.7 million views to date.
 
Milne has “a rare condition called Usher Syndrome causing her to be born without hearing and to eventually lose her sight in her 20s,” reports the New York Daily News.
 
Her mother, Ann, told U.K. newspaper the Birmingham Mail that seeing her daughter her for the first time “was just wonderful and I had tears running down my face. We all did. She has been deaf since birth and had never heard sounds before this.”
 
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.